DeVonta Smith Selected as Semifinalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama put in its final practice of the week on Thursday afternoon, working in a helmets-only session at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in advance of Saturday’s matchup with Western Carolina.


The Crimson Tide and Catamounts will square off on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The contest will air 11 a.m. CT on ESPN with Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer and Lauren Sisler on the call.


Also on Thursday, Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith was selected as a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Thursday afternoon. The junior wide receiver is one of 20 selected to the Players to Watch list from the organization


Alabama has had two players earn the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. The first to bring home the hardware was Derrick Henry in 2015, with junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being the 2018 honoree and reigning award winner.


Smith has put together a standout season for the Crimson Tide in 2019. The junior has totaled a team-high 1,026 yards and 11 touchdowns on a career-best 56 catches. He has posted two 200-plus yard receiving games on the year, the first Crimson Tide receiver to achieve that feat since Cooper in 2014. His impressive play through 10 games this season places him sixth nationally in receiving yards while his touchdown total is tied for sixth in Division I. Smith has also been impressive after the catch, recording 610 yards after the catch so far to lead the country in that category.


The Walter Camp Player of the Year is voted on by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. A list of five finalists will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 5, with the winner being announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Thursday, Dec. 12, prior to the start of The Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta, Ga.